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Nkomo statue saga: new twist

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The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda has reportedly stepped into the Nkomo statue saga to ease tensions created by the government’s decision to erect the late nationalist’s monument at the controversial Karigamombe Centre.

Sources yesterday said after Sibanda’s intervention, a committee was set up to ensure the issue was resolved amicably.

“A tripartite committee involving the ministries of Home Affairs, Local Government and Mines and Mining Development, has been set up to look into the issue. I’m sure Sibanda wants to ensure that the matter is resolved amicably and possibly find out what went wrong,” said a source close to the matter.

Although Sibanda could not be reached for comment, his secretary referred questions to the permanent secretary for Media, Information and Publicity George Charamba.

Charamba’s secretary, however, said her boss was not in a position to comment because it was a party (Zanu PF) issue.

It was not clear whether Sibanda had been assigned or was acting in his individual capacity.

The late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo’s first daughter, Thandiwe Nkomo-Ebrahim, said she was aware the government had taken up the matter but she had not been informed about the committee.

“All we know is that this whole issue is going to be re-looked at, but I don’t have information on the committee. As a family, we are just happy that the issue is being looked into. We haven’t received official information from the government, but some individuals have been talking to us,” she said.

There was an outcry after the government started work to erect Nkomo’s statue opposite Karigamombe Centre, a building whose name is believed to have been a celebration.

The late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo’s first daughter, Thandiwe Nkomo-Ebrahim, said she was aware the government had taken up the matter but she had not been informed about the committee.

“All we know is that this whole issue is going to be re-looked at, but I don’t have information on the committee. As a family, we are just happy that the issue is being looked into. We haven’t received official information from the government, but some individuals have been talking to us,” she said.

There was an outcry after the government started work to erect Nkomo’s statue opposite Karigamombe Centre, a building whose name is believed to have been a celebration of the supposed defeat of Nkomo and PF Zapu.

Nkomo was the leader of PF Zapu, whose symbol was a charging bull.

Karigamombe means one who fells a bull.

The Nkomo family strongly protested against the erection of the statue at the site, saying the move was an “insult and a mockery” to the family, the people of Matabeleland and the nation.

In an interview on Monday, Zanu PFspokesperson Rugare Gumbo said the decision to erect the statue at Karigamombe Centre, formerly Piccadilly Centre, was taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs after Zanu PF’s supreme decision-making body outside congress, the politburo, made the recommendations.

“The decision to erect two statues, one in Bulawayo and another one in Harare, was made by the politburo in 2001. The exact sites and everything else to do with the erection of the statues was the responsibility of the Ministry of Home Affairs,” said Gumbo.

“They are the responsible authority and you can phone them to find out that happened.”

Vice President John Nkomo was the Home Affairs minister in 2001 before Kembo Mohadi took over in 2002. Currently he is Home Affairs co-minister.

Mohadi refused to comment. While haggling over the site in Harare continues, construction work has begun in Bulawayo.

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